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Headache: Classification & Management

Headaches are a common neurological symptom characterized by pain in the head and sometimes the neck region. There are two main categories of headaches: primary headaches and secondary headaches. Primary headaches, such as tension-type headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches, are not caused by underlying medical conditions. Tension-type headaches are the most common type and are often described as a constant, mild to moderate pressure or tightness around the head. Migraines are more intense and can be accompanied by visual disturbances, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. Cluster headaches are rare but extremely painful, occurring in clusters or cycles and often affecting one side of the head. Secondary headaches are caused by underlying medical conditions, such as head trauma, sinusitis, or medication overuse. Proper diagnosis is essential for effective management, as different types of headaches require different treatment approaches.

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